I was so moved by this vid via Wired’s Danger Room that I thought I’d share it with you. These are the faces of Cairo. Who dares deny these human beings — men, women, lil kids — their freedom? These everyday folks, not unlike you and me, just want to take their country back from a brutal system crushing their dreams.

Here’s a rough translation from the video comments (via @VermilionPassion)

“I went down and I said I am not coming back, and I wrote on every street wall in my blood,

We made the people who weren’t listening listen up, and all barriers have been broken down,

Our weapon was our dream, and the future is crystal clear to us, we have been waiting for a long time, we are still searching for our place,

The sound of freedom is calling, in every street corner in our country, the sound of freedom is calling

We held our heads up to the sky, and hunger doesn’t matter to us any more, our rights are the most important thing, and writing our own history in our blood,

If you are one of us, don’t try telling us to leave our dream behind, and stop using the word “I”

The sound of freedom is calling, in every street corner in our country, the sound of freedom is calling.”

Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

VIDEO: Mubarak Refuses To Step Down, May Reconsider When Someone Puts a Shoe In Him [YouTube]

Since Hosni Mubarak Is A Clingy D-Bag, Egypt Is Bracing For Massive Backlash [AJE]

Anderson Cooper Goes In On Egyptian Prez [HuffPo]

Mubarak’s Awful Speech Made Drunk Best Men Everywhere Sigh With Relief [Foreign Policy]

Cheney Heckled At CPAC Whether Or Not He Shot The Heckler In The Face Is Unclear [Fox “News”]

Donald Trump Says He’d Make Good Candidate in ’12. Why Bother With a Punchline? [The NY Times]

Ray Allen Sets NBA 3-Point Mark; Not Enough to Escape Lakers, Acting in ‘He Got Game’ [ESPN]

Obama Wants Lots of Americans To Have Super Fast Internets [Christian Science Monitor]

Friday. A good day for ArchAndroids and young whippersnapper music. May this tune reach Tahrir Square. Keep your heads up and on a swivel.

Friday Open Thread

11 Feb 2011

hat tip-The Obama Diary

An Intimate Conversation with Michelle and Barack Obama” was conducted in 1996 for a book about American marriages …. the interview took place only four years after they married and two years before their oldest daughter Malia was born.

ABC and The New Yorker (extracts):

Michelle Obama: “It was strange, that excitement over this first-year student,” then-32-year-old Michelle recalls when describing the buzz about a new summer associate at the law firm Sidley and Austin. “So smart, so good-looking, so intelligent, everyone was talking about Barack. I’m more of the skeptical kind, I was thinking, ‘Yeah, he’s probably an idiot, whatever.’

…then on the first day, he showed up late. He was late because it’d been raining! And then he walked into the office and we got along right away because he was charming and very good-looking, at least I found him good-looking. I think we were attracted to one another because we didn’t take ourselves too seriously, like some others did. He liked my dry humor and my sarcastic comments. I thought he was a good man, interesting, and I was fascinated by his personal story, so different from mine… our relationship was first a friendship. It took off from there.”

…Barack has helped me loosen up and feel comfortable with taking risks, not doing things the traditional way and sort of testing it out, because that is how he grew up. I’m more traditional; he’s the one in the couple that, I think, is the less traditional individual. You can probably tell from the photographs — he’s just more out there, more flamboyant. I’m more, like, “Well, let’s wait and see. What did that look like? How much does it weigh?

….There is a strong possibility that Barack will pursue a political career, although it’s unclear. There is a little tension with that. I’m very wary of politics. I think he’s too much of a good guy for the kind of brutality, the skepticism.

When you are involved in politics, your life is an open book, and people can come in who don’t necessarily have good intent. I’m pretty private, and like to surround myself with people that I trust and love. In politics you’ve got to open yourself to a lot of different people. There is a possibility that our futures will go that way, even though I want to have kids and travel, spend time with family, and like spending time with friends. But we are going to be busy people doing lots of stuff. And it’ll be interesting to see what life has to offer.”

Click on the link above to read the view from Barack Obama.

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So, who knew that Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian strongman, was such a huge fan of Jennifer Hudson. His performance today in front of like, billions of people around the world, was highly evocative of Hudson’s now classic star turn as a delusional, strung out woman on the edge of losing everything.

And I am telling you
I’m not going
Even though the rough times are showing
There’s just no way, there’s no way
We’re part of the same place
We’re part of the same time
We both share the same blood
We both have the same mind

And time and time, we’ve had so much to see and
No, no, no, no, no, no way
I’m not waking up tomorrow morning and finding that there’s nobody there

Can’t you just see him pointing down from a tall balcony:

I’m staying

And you, and you

You’re gonna love me, oh ooh mm mm

You’re gonna love me

Which is about when everyone in Tahrir Square – men, women, children, rich, poor — all held up a shoe in protest and chanted “Leave!” In the rest of the world, particularly the White House, a thunderous and echoing “DOH! DOh! doh!” could be heard across the planet.

You know President Obama was all pinching the bridge of his nose and sighing with exasperation watching Mubarak while Hillary Clinton went to go find something to punch. Then they both told Biden to shut up.

“And I Am Telling You” wasn’t a good look for Effie White and it sure ain’t looking good on Hosni neither. That scene didn’t end well for Jennifer’s character and I’m guessing this strategy of giving Barack Obama, most world leaders and his own people the finger won’t go well for Mubarak either. I guess Mubarak wants to go out like he came into office — Scarface-style.

All messing around aside, today’s failure to step down was a big disappointment. Obama’s reaction was mostly “Oh…Hell to the Naw” and “Clearly, you didn’t hear me the first time so let a brother make it plain to ya”:

As we have said from the beginning of this unrest, the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people. But the United States has also been clear that we stand for a set of core principles. We believe that the universal rights of the Egyptian people must be respected, and their aspirations must be met. We believe that this transition must immediately demonstrate irreversible political change, and a negotiated path to democracy. To that end, we believe that the emergency law should be lifted. We believe that meaningful negotiations with the broad opposition and Egyptian civil society should address the key questions confronting Egypt’s future: protecting the fundamental rights of all citizens; revising the Constitution and other laws to demonstrate irreversible change; and jointly developing a clear roadmap to elections that are free and fair.

I hope this very clear and tough talk from the Administration continues. It’s the only way we can show the Egyptian people we are with them and ensure that we can have a positive relationship going forward. Because it’s obvious to everyone except Effie and Hosni that it’s time for a certain octogenarian to exit stage right. Or risk being dragged off. Friday is a day off for Egyptians and it’s an easy prediction that the people will be out in force. It’s not over yet but change gon’ come. Whether Mubarak likes it…or not cuz Dreamgirl, that diva dictator’s dream is coming to an end.

Afternoon Open Thread

10 Feb 2011

hat tip-djchefron

background: Fox News did a focus group with some voters in Iowa. This bunch of idiots kept on repeating that President Obama was a Muslim, and the racist GOP Congressman Steve King didn’t challenge their lie. Lawrence O’Donnell decided to ‘get all up in there’ with King on his show last night.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Good Afternoon.

As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

Unemployment Applications Lowest In Three Years [WSJ]

Woman Who Brought Down ‘Craigslist Congressman’ Speaks Out [The Loop 21]

Great Caesar’s Ghost! Insider Admits Fox News Makes Stuff Up [Media Matters]

The South Shall Ride Again! Mississippi License Plate Proposed to Honor KKK Leader [NPR]

Al Roker’s Production Company Sued for Breaking and Entering, Poor Forecasting [THR]

First Lady Doesn’t Want Kids to Be Fat and Unhealthy, But Adults Should Probably Avoid It Too [The Loop 21]

Cavaliers Lose 26th In a Row, Owner’s Championship Prophecy Further In Doubt [ESPN]

Fantasia to Play Mahalia Jackson In Biopic Which Could Ultimately Be a Trainwreck [Rhymes with Snitch]

Make that money, JJPers. Just don’t let money change you.

Thursday Open Thread

10 Feb 2011

Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961)

Frederick McKinley Jones was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 17, 1893. Growing up as an orphan and not attending school beyond grade eight, Jones was ultimately to become one of the most prolific black inventors. His genius, as well as his skill and knowledge of mechanical and electrical devices, is evidenced by his 60 patents in divergent fields. Forty of those patents were related to refrigeration.

Jones invented the first practical and automatic refrigeration unit for trucks, which eliminated the problem of food spoilage over long hauls, thus making fresh produce available over wide areas. Subsequently, the unit was adapted to a variety of other carriers, including ships and railway cars.

His invention facilitated the development of international markets for food crops; led to the creation of total industries such as frozen foods, fast foods and container shipping; and altered consumers’ eating habits.

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Afternoon Open Thread

9 Feb 2011

hat tip-Angelar

On Hardball tonight, Mark Halperin said Obama’s speech today the prayer breakfast was Obama at his best and no Republican is performing at his level.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Good Afternoon.

As you go through the rest of your day, don’t forget JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And continue to have a peaceful day.

Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

Egyptian Workers Go on Strike [NY Times]

Say Word: A Patriot Act Extension Doesn’t Pass in a Republican-Led House [LA Times]

GOP Backs Ginormous Tax Hike So Women Won’t Have the Right to Choose Covered By Insurance [TPM Media]

Charles Taylor’s Defense Boycotts Proceedings in Trial So He Doesn’t Have to Admit to Committing Crimes [BBC News]

They Put Their Foot In This! An Examination of the Culinary Reach of the African Diaspora [Phila. City Paper]

The $64,000 Question: Are Whites Entitled to Write Black History [HuffPo]

CIA Agents Who Eff Up Terror Investigation Get Promotions. Adam Serwer Doesn’t Like This. [The American Prospect]

Magic Johnson Invests Big in Vibe Magazine [THR]

Fret not, faithful readers. Hump Day will soon be done.

Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One love)
There is one question I’d really love to ask (One heart)
Is there a place for the hopeless sinner
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?
Believe me

One love, one heart
Let’s get together and feel all right

Bob Marley

Yes, cue the classic reggae. Starting with the State of the Union, President Obama has shifted gears into a full on love fest with GOP leaders. Hey I ain’t mad at him. We’ve always known that Barack was more of a lover than a fighter. Less interested in black vs white or red vs blue than in the greyish purple zone that most American grownups live in. It’s kinda what we love about him — even as it drives people at each political extreme plum loco. Pun intended.

He’s working’ that Bob Marley Mahalo Mojo on ’em. My guess is that they will be powerless to resist that island-born lovin’.

From his SOTU 2011 re: Tucson given in a new Republican-led House where Democrats and GOPers sat together for the first time:

What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow. (Applause.)

I believe we can. And I believe we must. That’s what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they’ve determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all — for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.

His Chamber of Commerce speech on Monday had much the same theme. The Chamber is literally across the street from the White House. It’s a hot nest of conservatives over there who, despite benefitting quite a bit from the Wall Street bailout and Recovery Act, have sometimes had some “dirty remarks” about America’s first Afro-Leninist black president. “Tom” refers to Thomas Donohue, President of the Chamber & leading conservative:

Now, Tom, it is good to be here today at the Chamber of Commerce. I’m here in the interest of being more neighborly. (Laughter.) I strolled over from across the street, and look, maybe if we had brought over a fruitcake when I first moved in, we would have gotten off to a better start. (Laughter.) But I’m going to make up for it. […]

Now, on some issues, like the Recovery Act, we’ve found common cause. On other issues, we’ve had some pretty strong disagreements. But I’m here today because I am convinced, as Tom mentioned in his introduction, that we can and we must work together. Whatever differences we may have, I know that all of us share a deep, abiding belief in this country, a belief in our people, a belief in the principles that have made America’s economy the envy of the world.

Then there was the Super Bowl sitdown with leading Repub Bill “Racist” O’Reilly who’s always had a mancrush on Obama.

And today, the Prez has invited a few other sinners with dirty remarks over for lunch (from USA Today):

Following up on an unpublicized White House lunch last Friday with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Obama and Vice President Biden sit down to lunch in his private dining room with House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.


The three Republicans, no doubt, will be more forthcoming after the lunch than McConnell was last week (after a lunch the White House didn’t even put on Obama’s public schedule).

“They had a nice lunch,” says McConnell spokesman Don Stewart. “There was no readout.”

Right…these are the same guys who want to gut the healthcare bill and discredit Obama so bad that he’s in McConnell’s words during the election “a one-term president”. Obama’s One Love campaign is set to turn the tables. He’s got nothing to lose (except an upset stomach) gettin’ cozy with Republicans. It’s what Americans want, after all. You know the sayin’: God don’t like ugly. Neither does the American people.

It’s a wise move that achieves 2 things: 1) perhaps Obama and House Republicans really can find common ground that actually benefits us regular folk. Like Gov, Rick Perry’s (R-TX) $10,000 college concept in Texas – I love it! 2) Obama’s public charm offensive can stand in ever starker contrast with the haters on the GOP side. Their bitter and often inaccurate rhetoric — their “dirty remarks” will ultimately turn off voters, especially independents, who will be inspired by Obama’s “win the future” (FTW!) mantra.

We’ve got some serious problems in this country. Our educational system is in the toilet, our roads and bridges are broke down, people ain’t got no jobs, people’s homes are underwater, etc, etc, etc. I, for one, would be excited to find some ways where we can come together as a nation to benefit all our lives. Go on, Obama — get your Bob Marley on… Marley may share a birthday with Ronald Reagan, but I think we could use Marley’s approach more than Reagan’s right about now.

Bird Like Me

9 Feb 2011

This gem recently arrived in my mailbox — a witty and humorous look at the tension between some environmental circles and underserved communities. Apparently, National Audubon birders were able to generate more support to conserve an area in Mississippi than its 100 year old African American residents.

One viewer wrote, “Clean air, clean water, healthy soil and undeveloped open space not only makes good wildlife habitat – but those landscape characteristics are also good for the well-being of human communities as well.” — Outdoor Afro agrees!

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Wednesday Open Thread

9 Feb 2011

hat tips-NCBM and ProfGeo

Today in Black History, we will learn about Blacks in car racing.

We begin with Wendell Scott:

Wendell Scott Followed His Dream To Race
Written by Ray Everett
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 07:46

Like many of the early NASCAR drivers, Wendell Scott started out hauling moonshine in a souped up car he maintained himself. Scott was a clever entrepanuer, opening a taxi service in his native Danville, Virginia to shuttle the local residents around town by day, then using the cab under the cover of darkness to bring them the white lightning they were thirsty for.

With his popularity among the moonshiners growing as word of his driving ability spread through the mid Atlantic region, Scott began entering races at local dirt tracks thoroughout Virginia and North Carolina in 1952. He tasted success only one month into his driving career, winning his first race on the red clay half mile in Lynchburg, Virginia at the age of thirty.

Determined to move up in the sport of stock car racing, Wendell Scott traveled the south during segregation, showing up at NASCAR events with his number thirty four ready to race. He was turned away from many tracks, told by speedway personnel that he would not be able to compete due to the color of his skin. Encountering signs at restrooms, water fountains and restaurants that read “White Only” was a common occurence for Scott, who never seemed to let it bother him. “I expected all of that,” he said of his trials to become a NASCAR driver in segregated America.

Wendell Scott was issued a NASCAR license for the first time and allowed to compete at the old Richmond Speedway in Virginia, either in 1952 or 1953. NASCAR is not certain of the exact date but believes it to be 1953. Record books indicate that Scott went on to compete in four hundred ninty five Grand National and Winston Cup – known today as the Sprint Cup Series – events over thirteen seasons and collected $180,814 in purse winnings. He is credited with one NASCAR win, a controversial race held on December 1, 1963 in Jacksonville, Florida. Buck Baker was flagged the winner and celebrated in victory circle after Scott had passed Richard Petty, who was nursing a damaged car, for the lead with twenty five laps remaining. Scott was awarded the victory hours after the race was completed and left the track that day without the winners trophy. Many said NASCAR would not allow him to celebrate in victory lane because he would have had to kiss a white beauty queen.

“I was a black man. They wasn’t going to help a black man. That was all there was to it,” Scott once said in summing up the prejudice his career suffered.

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Whenever you think of the Dark Sith, remember THIS Image

….or the end of the Democratic Leadership Council as we know it.  And it’s going down on Harold Ford, Jr.’s watch.  Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy (H/T John Amato at Crooks and Liars):

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials and policy intellectuals had long been fading from its mid-’90s political relevance, tarred by the left as a symbol of “triangulation” at a moment when there’s little appetite for intra-party warfare on the center-right. The group tried — but has failed — to remake itself in the summer of 2009, when its founder, Al From, stepped down as president. Its new leader, former Clinton aide Bruce Reed, sought to remake the group as a think tank, and the DLC split from its associated think tank, the Progressive Policy Institute.

The DLC is already showing signs of disrepair. Its website currently leads a Harold Ford op-ed from last November, titled, “Yes we can collaborate.” It lists as its staff just four people, and has only one fellow. Recent tax returns weren’t immediately publicly available, but returns from 2004-2008 show a decline in its budget from $2.6 million to $1.5 million, and a source said funding further dried up during the financial crisis that began nine months before Reed took over…

As it has often been quoted: “If a voter has a choice between a fake Republican and a real Republican, he’s going for the real Republican.”  What victories can the DLC point to since the Clinton Administration? (hint, the Democrats lost both Houses of Congress and initiated the “Contract with America” in 1994).  Where is their political successes in moving further to the Right, and abandoning all the principles that distinguished Democrats from Republicans?

Can you cue the chirping of crickets?  I sure can; in fact, I started my blogging career with a blog called “Get Rid of the DLC”.  I said I would quit that blog when the signs that the DLC was folding would begin to show, and on the Dark Sith’s watch, that’s exactly what it’s done.

I wish this would be the end of Harold Ford, Jr., politically, that is, but Harold’s like unwanted luggage – you can’t get rid of him:

If you forgot what Ford brings to the table, here’s a taste. We have enough phony Democrats on hand. I’m sure he’ll land on Wall Street somehwere.

With all due respect, John, Wall Street has more than enough problems without having Harold Ford on the government teat.

Afternoon Open Thread

8 Feb 2011

The President speaks before the Chamber of Commerce.

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Obama BFF and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett remembered National Black HIV/AIDS Day yesterday. I’m proud of her for doing so — it’s a recognition of the special needs of our community. Here’s some facts on how hard we’re getting hit:

To date, over 230,000 African Americans have died of AIDS – nearly 40% of total deaths – and of the more than 1 million people living with HIV in the United States of America today, around half are black.1 And yet, as a racial group, African Americans represent just 13% of the US population.2 The estimated lifetime risk of becoming infected with HIV is 1 in 16 for black males, and 1 in 30 for black females, a far higher risk than for white males (1 in 104) and white females (1 in 588).3 In Washington D.C, which has the nation’s highest district HIV prevalence (3%), three-quarters of those infected with HIV are African American. 4

Why us? It’s not clear but part of the problem in undoubtedly lower access to quality healthcare, education and means of prevention in black communities, particularly for the poor. This rough sitch is one of the reasons that healthcare reform has been so desperately needed in the U.S. and why we should fight hard to block efforts to dismantle it.

HIV and AIDS is also a pandemic in many African countries. The Obamas heroically led in having an HIV test to de-stigmatize testing in Kenya while visiting Africa. That was back when he was still a Senator. Sub-Saharan Africa has 10% of the world’s population and 60% of the world’s HIV carriers. Southern Africa has been hit the worst with adult prevalence rates exceeding 20% in most countries in the region.

I’d like to give a special shoutout to Michael Blake of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He’s a theGrio 100 honoree this year and is one of the “stars” of the must-see documentary By The People: The Election of Barack Obama.

Not long after joining the White House team, Michael generously wrote a post for National HIV testing day here at JJP as one of our first guest bloggers. Much thanks to the White House for their leadership. It may just save lives.

What Ms Jarrett (if you’re nasty) wants you to know:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness is not just a day to increase awareness, but a day to act on your own health.

  • Do you know your status? If not, text your zipcode to 566948 (“KNOWIT”) to find and HIV testing site near you or go to HIVtest.org.
  • You can also call 1-800-CDC-INFORMATION for more information and testing sites in your area.
  • Visit www.aids.gov for Federal resources, events in your area and tools to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Share this info at church or post it up on the bulletin board at church. Tweet it, Facebook it, email it, blog it. It just might save someone’s life somewhere.

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